By Hector Igbikiowubo& Yemie Adeoye
LAGOSâ€”OWING to acts of vandalism on the Utorogu pipeline, gas supply to the 1320 Megawatts (MW) Egbin thermal power station and others have been disrupted, causing the national grid to lose 1000 Megawatts (MW) of electricity generation.
Although a statement released by management of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) disclosed that the loss to the national grid amounted to 500 MW, another statement from the power ministry disclosed that the loss had risen to 1000 MW from the current 2400MW of power across the country.
PHCN explained that it first received notification to this effect from the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), yesterday.
It is on record that due to gas supply limitation, Sapele Power Station has been shut down since November 2008, while supplies to Geregu, Omotosho and Olorunsogo Power Stations are similarly affected.
Egbin in particular had been badly affected by the recurring vandalism of the Utorogu condensate pipeline, causing the plant to drop output to 300 MW.
It was gathered, however, that output from the plant had increased to 600MW before the recent development, an indication that only 100 MW output may be generated from today.
â€œIn the circumstance, we are appealing to our esteemed customers, the media and other stakeholders for understanding and continued support as the NGC has assured us of immediate repairs. We promise to keep you informed of further developments and assure of our determination for a sustainable power supply to the nation.â€
Also speaking on the development, Mrs Olubunmi Badejo, the Press Secretary to the Minister of Power Dr. Lanre Babalola said that the development would further worsen the already comatose power situation in the country.
She said the Utorogu pipeline remained the only supply chain to the nationâ€™s thermal power stations in the country, adding that the Minister was seriously perturbed by the development.